TFW program backlash complicating food-processing labour shortage: industry group

Global News

EDMONTON — Officials say the backlash against the temporary foreign worker program has made Ottawa leery of finding a new way for the food-processing sector to get the people it needs to fill vacant jobs.

Mark Chambers is with an industry group that has presented a plan to the federal government on how it should deal with a labour shortage.

It calls for a new program to make it easier to hire foreign workers who would become permanent residents of Canada and ultimately citizens.

READ MORE: Jason Kenney under fire as controversy rages over temporary foreign workers 

Chambers says the idea is a political hot potato because Ottawa wants the industry to hire Canadians to fill vacant jobs in slaughter and processing plants in rural areas.

He says the problem is that Canadians just don’t want the jobs.

READ MORE: Who hires temporary foreign workers? You’d be surprised 

The meat industry estimates it is currently short…

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